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Chocolate celebrated: SAIL Chocolate Festival Staged at NMU

The Baby Yoda was one of the raffle prizes at the Chocolate Fest. It was made by Towners Pastry and Chocolate Shoppe of Gwinn.
Bodi Reinhart, age 2, enjoys a Yoda macron. He is the son of Holly and James Reinhart of Marquette. The Northern Center grand ballroom was packed Sunday with people enjoying indulgent treats at the 11th annual SAIL Chocolate Festival. The festival raises funds for Superior Alliance for Independent Living and this was the first time the event took place in this newly opened space at Northern Michigan University. “This space is amazing, I love it,” said Sarah Peurakoski, SAIL executive director. “Last year we had a snowstorm to deal with, but today the weather is wonderful. We are so grateful to the chocolatiers who provide the chocolate.” Nearly 500 tickets were sold for the event, during which 11 different chocolate makers provided sample treats and Jilbert Dairy provided milk. Ticket holders voted for awards for the chocolatiers: Best Customer Service, Doncker’s; Best Dressed Table Northern Center and Events Services (NMU Simply Superior); Best Chocolate Dessert, Towners. (Journal photo by Renee Prusi)

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